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CSIR NET 2014 Syllabus, Sample papers & Books: Prep Materials

February 08, 2014

CSIR NET Syllabus, Sample papers & Prep Books
This is the third and concluding blog article on CSIR-UGC NET 2014 and is aimed at providing you the Prep materials for CSIR NET - the Syllabus, Sample Papers and Prep Books.

Before going through the CSIR NET study materials given below, you first should know what is the exam pattern/format of the exam. So may be you would find my previous article titled: CSIR NET Exam Pattern/Question Pattern  useful to understand about the exam. Another article of mine titled: CSIR-UGC NET June 2014 Notification, Eligibility & Forms  tells you what are the eligibilities required and how to apply for CSIR NET exam.

Lets focus now on the topic of this post: Syllabus/Online papers/study materials for CSIR NET.

Download the Syllabus/Sample Paper of CSIR-UGC NET: (Specific to your subjects)
As you might have understood from CSIR NET Exam Pattern/Question Pattern, there is only a single paper of 200 marks in CSIR NET which has to be answered in 3 hours. Of the three parts in CSIR NET paper,  Part "A" is common while Part "B" & Part "C" is specific to your subjects.

General Aptitude:
Syllabus: Logical reasoning, graphical analysis, analytical and numerical ability, quantitative comparisons, series formation, puzzles, etc
Download the sample model Paper of CSIR-UGC NET (Part-A: General Aptitude).

Chemical Sciences:
Earth Sciences:

Life Sciences:

Mathematical Sciences:

Physical Sciences:
The above model papers of CSIR NET exam gives you a very good understanding about the type of questions asked. But however, for serious preparation, you have to use the prep books, some of which are given below.

Recommended books for CSIR-UGC NET:
CSIR NET Exam Prep Book
There are a lot of CSIR NET guide books available on the market. I am shortlisting them based on reader recommendations subject-wise below.

These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from which offers huge discounts upto 25%, apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs. 500/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Life Sciences:
CSIR-UGC-NET Life Science: 25 Practice Sets (Part A, B & C) by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
Cover Price: Rs. 280; Offer Price: Rs. 264/-; Discount: Rs. 14/- (5%)

Trueman's UGC CSIR-NET Life Sciences; Author: Singh; Publisher: Trueman
Cover Price: Rs. 750; Offer Price: Rs. 385/-; Discount: Rs. 192/- (48%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Physical Sciences:
Trueman's UGC CSIR-NET Physical Sciences Publisher: TRUEMAN
Cover Price: Rs. 550.

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Chemical Sciences:
Trueman's UGC-CSIR JRF/NET Chemical Sciences (Chemistry) Author: B. Roy, M. Gagan;
Cover Price: Rs. 550; Offer Price: Rs. 385/-; Discount: Rs. 165/- (30%)
The Pearson Guide to UGC-CSIR Chemical Sciences by Dr. Sanjay Singh Rawal; Publisher:Pearson
Cover Price: Rs. 450; Offer Price: Rs. 315/-; Discount: Rs. 135/- (30%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Mathematical Sciences:
UGC-CSIR NET (JRF & LS) Mathematical Science; Author: Sharma & Singh; Publisher: Arihant
Cover Price: Rs. 695; Offer Price: Rs. 469/-; Discount: Rs. 226/- (32%)

Mathematics For Competitive Examinations; Author: Jana & Kar; Academic Publishers
Cover Price: Rs. 400; Offer Price: Rs. 380/-; Discount: Rs. 20/- (5%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Earth Sciences:
Joint CSIR-UGC-NET Earth, Admospheric, Ocean And Planetary Sciences Guides by Kumar Surendra Publisher: RPH
Cover Price: Rs. 425; Offer Price: Rs. 298/-; Discount: Rs. 127/- (29%)

Books for CSIR-UGC NET Engineering Science:
CSIR-UGC (NET) Engineering Sciences Guide; Author: Mathur; Publisher: Ramesh (RPH)
Cover Price: Rs. 595; Offer Price: Rs. 414/-; Discount: Rs. 181/- (30%)

Prices of the books (and also discounts) are correct at the time of posting this info and may change.

Coaching Institutes offering courses in CSIR-UGC NET:
There are many institutes offering coaching for CSIR-UGC NET, but I would like to recommend Brilliant Tutorials for its past track record. It offers courses in all subjects except earth sciences.

Find more about it from the following link:

Hope above Prep materials (Syllabus/Online papers/Prep Books) of CSIR-UGC NET is helpful to you. I would keep on posting more info about CSIR-UGC NET in forthcoming issues. So keep visiting this blog!


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